College GameDay in Brookings: What to know

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota State University and Brookings will be on the national stage as ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to the Rushmore State for its weekly college football television show on Saturday morning. 

What’s going on Friday?
On Friday, College Football Live is being taped on the College GameDay Set at the College Green. SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier will be featured at 2:10 p.m. and the SDSU football team will be viewing the set Friday afternoon. Friday’s show will air on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. CST.

There is no admission charged. Fans attending Friday’s activities are encouraged to park in the campus lots west of Medary Avenue or south of 8th Street.

What is College GameDay? 
College GameDay is a college football pre-game show, which airs Saturday mornings on ESPN from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. CDT It is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning show hosted by Rece Davis along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and other ESPN contributors. 

Where will the show’s set be at? 
On Tuesday afternoon, SDSU officials announced College GameDay will broadcast from the College Green on the campus of South Dakota State University. The College Green is located north and east of the Coughlin Campanile in the southwest quadrant of campus.

Admission to the College Green will be free. The show airs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday but live SportsCenter hits begin in the 6 a.m. hour.

Along with College GameDay, Friday’s episode of College Football Live be broadcast at Campus Green. That show airs at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday. ESPN will have lawn games, giveaways and other activities at the College Green. Fans are encouraged to visit throughout the day.

The set will be built on Thursday and the hosts and on-air talent usually don’t arrive until Thursday.  

On Wednesday morning, some GameDay trucks and buses were in the Home Depot parking lot in Sioux Falls.

How can I get to the College GameDay set?
Parking for Friday’s activities is open at the campus parking lots west of Medary Avenue and south of Eighth Street. Authorities plan to close Medary Avenue, which runs on the west side of the College Green, from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until noon between Eighth and 11th Streets.

Paid and priority parking lots surrounding Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium will open at 6 a.m. Saturday, but normal tailgating policies in regards to consumption of beer and wine beginning at 9 a.m. will still apply.

The park and ride shuttle service begins at 5:30 a.m. Saturday from the Swiftel Center/Larson Ice Arena parking lots. Bus drop-offs will run until 9:30 a.m. The Swiftel Center and Larson Ice Arena are just east of Interstate 29 on 6th Street using Exit No. 132. That parking lot has 1,200 spaces and there is no overnight parking at the Swiftel Center.

The buses will drop fans east of the University Student Union. Fans will have a 5-minute walk to the broadcast area. Volunteers will direct people where to go. The union will open at 5 a.m.

Buses will start returning fans from campus to the Swiftel or to downtown Brookings at 11 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. There will be no buses from downtown to Swiftel Center. Lyft is available in Brookings.

Fans with tickets for the game are being encouraged to take the Highway 14 Bypass Exit (No. 133).

Why is the show coming to Brookings? 
College GameDay announces locations week to week. On Sunday, the show announced it picked Brookings, the site of Saturday’s FCS showdown between No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 3 South Dakota State. On Twitter, host Rece Davis said the College GameDay crew enjoys the rush of attending a new city and site. He called the Dakota Marker matchup a “huge rivalry game.” SDSU is the 73rd different school to host College GameDay and Brookings is the 87th different city to host. Other Midwest college towns including Ames, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska, have hosted the show this year.

Can I go to the football game? 
On Monday, officials with South Dakota State University announced the game at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium is sold out. Student ticket information is being released on Tuesday. The game is being broadcast on Midco Sports Network and streamed on ESPN+.

What do I need to know about attending the College GameDay show? 
Information and logistics on how to attend the show is expected to be announced throughout the week leading up to Saturday. 

Alcohol is prohibited on the College Green during all College GameDay and ESPN-related events. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available on site Saturday through a variety of local food vendors. Please note that no food or beverage of any kind will be allowed in the area designated as “The Pit.”

People entering “The Pit” will be screened and must follow ESPN’s rules.
– No food or drink allowed in the area
– Screening will include bag checks and inspection of all signs
– Sign restrictions include: no vulgar, political or religious signs; also, signs cannot promote outside brands or websites
– No signs or flags on a stick
– No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
– Throwing of objects is prohibited
– Space will be limited in the pit area, but there will be plenty of other space to enjoy the show, and come and go as they please

What about signs?
Fan created signs are a big part of the show. Signs will be screened and inspected. They can’t be vulgar, political or religious. They cannot promote outside brands or websites.

No signs or flags can be on a stick and pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards are allowed in “The Pit.”

How can I help?
The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing volunteers need to Saturday for College GameDay on campus. There are two shifts: 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. as well as 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you can volunteer for one or both of those shifts, email Kelsey Doom with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce for details.

Where is the latest information? 
South Dakota State has created a page to release information. Official ESPN College GameDay t-shirts and other merchandise can be purchased at the University Bookstore on Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

SDSU also has livestream of the construction of the College GameDay from the Campanile.

Officiall SDSU College GameDay t-shirts and other Dakota Marker gear arrived to the University Bookstore.

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Stay with KELOLAND News, on-air and online, for the latest updates and more coverage throughout the week leading up to Saturday’s contest. 

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